• 01 Feb 2017 8:27 PM | Kenny (Administrator)

    Scouting is excited to be bringing a scouting app back to the team. Last year we did not have one and so this year we are working to learn the software and create an awesome scouting app for competition. The app will log match data that is input by our scouts and will also be used for pit scouting so we can create graphs of that as well instead of having that be only on paper. For the app we are using HTML and CSS as well as learning JavaScript for the app. It is steampunk themed to match this years game and the theme of our 2017 skunk. 

    We have moved from the main classroom to the programming room so that the we can get assistance from the programmers and mentors on programming our app. Now we are able to ask questions as needed and work with those who know how to program. 

  • 25 Jan 2017 8:07 PM | Kenny (Administrator)

    Here in the realm of electrical not much has changed since kick-off. Design has resigned to their CAD jungle and the shop is rather quiet with the lack of prototyping noise. Speaking of prototypes, recently we have built something to help the design team so that those that are testing structures that require motors can get better results from their prototypes.

    It's called the "Motor Tester" (YAAAY!) We are very creative at naming things. They can see how the system will act if the motors have less than twelve volts supplied to them. That took a long time. And the only other thing has been that we are on "taking balls out of the ceiling" duty.

  • 14 Jan 2017 11:18 AM | Kenny (Administrator)

    Today, we are currently prototyping different parts of the robot to see what mechanisms will be most efficient. We have been working in teams of three to four people over the last two days designing different parts of the robot. We will finalize prototyping by the end of today and present to the team what we find on the effectiveness of what we build. Let's get designing!

  • 03 Jan 2017 7:18 PM | Kenny (Administrator)

    On the business sub team, we are currently working on Chairman's Award submissions. Our sub team has chosen to split up to work on multiple requirements to turn in. The Chairman's video/script, essay and notebook is in the works but the process is going very smoothly. In the upcoming build season, we are continuing our BUSY-NESS efforts.

  • 06 Dec 2016 6:47 PM | Kenny (Administrator)
    The marketing sub team has been having a social pre-season!

    Outside of posting our whereabouts on social media, we worked on the Annual Spaghetti Dinner logos, posters, signs, and much more to begin with. After that, we moved onto creating these products for the SMELLY competition, which we also streamed on YouTube. The SMELLY competition is an event we host every year to invite First Lego League (FLL) students to compete with each other. This gives them experience when it comes to competing, gracious professionalism, and most importantly, having fun! Right now we're preparing for FIRST day, which is an event with the purpose of interacting with the legislature in Olympia. The marketing sub team, along with many other members of the Skunk Works team will show everybody how awesome the FIRST program is!

  • 29 Nov 2016 7:48 PM | Anonymous

    Programming has had layers of fun this pre-season! 

    We have a new mentor, Mr. Pratt, who brings exotic snacks to every meeting from different countries for us to try. It has been very culturally educational thus far. The most interesting have been the chicken feet taro, Russian dog food, and green tea Oreo cakesters. 

    Our pre-season project was to develop a program to run on Arduino kit bots that are very small and teach our programmers how to work. It has been a long process getting them to work but as of now most of them are functioning. 

    Our new programmers have been learning very quickly and will be ready for build season! 

  • 18 Oct 2016 8:17 PM | Kenny (Administrator)

    Electrical is amazing, duh

    And once again the time has come for the godly electrical subteam to make a blog post. As I write this, Electrical has gotten a new tool with which to wield its magic, it's called...(insert drum roll)... A NEW TEMPERATURE CONTROLLED SOLDERING IRON! YAY! Be happy! This tool will help us as the plug on our other one fell off and the metal was heating until it turned blue (aka really hot). The new one even came with a beautiful sponge. 

    --> New soldering iron

    Anyways, it is time for the amazingness that is electrical to reveal what it has been brewing since the beginning of the school year... we have been soldering things and teaching our new members. Wow! So amazing! We managed to make these programming practice bots, which was really fun and gave us something to do.

    --> Programming practice bot

    --> New people and that one sophomore (he claims to be in college)

    But that was our second project! Mostly because we are on such a roll. Although not pictured, our first project was a robot kit that turns into a robot with sensors that runs away from things when its about to bump into them. It just needs to be said that it was absolutely adorable. 

    For the last meeting or so, we have also been conducting research on how to pneumatics, courtesy of Davin, who thought of it. Pneumatics were not used on the robot last year, so we looked at them on Slippery Biscuit and also found two leaks where pneumatic fluid was leaking out. One of them was caused by the tubes not being plugged in all the way, Zuzanna's fault. :P

    -->pneumatic tubing that was loose 

    And thus ends the amazing journey of electrical since the beginning of the year. We are looking at the horizon and seeing personal projects and more soldering (sponsored by DeSilva). Also, don't forget to stop by if you need some healthy sarcasm.

    --> Very bad quality soldering picture

    Stay smelly,

    Electrical Subteam

  • 15 Sep 2016 6:35 PM | Kenny (Administrator)

    Over the summer, each member of the design team was given a project to design, ranging from a drive base to an articulating turret ball shooter. The instructions given were very casual, and most of the team was busy with summer internships and trips, taking time in the sun over staring at a computer screen. Those who created something shared their projects with the design team, received feedback, and then we moved on to the preseason project.

    Skunk Works loves to share the passion of STEM with young children, inspiring them to look towards robotics as a way to build their future and improve the world. As a team, we have used past years' robots to demonstrate what we build on the team. These machines are (to us) mechanical masterpieces, but they are purpose-built for the FIRST competition. So our design team preseason project is to create a purpose-built demonstration robot. The design parameters are for the robot to be able to fit within an 18*18*18 inch cube and weigh less than 35 pounds - easily transportable to outreach events. Since we have thousands of balls from the VEX competition laying around, the robot will be designed to interact with those balls, allowing kids to feed the robot and catch launched balls in a safe and fun matter. Three teams of five are competing to create the ultimate demo robot, may the best win!

    (Design Team gets down to business)

    Stay Smelly!

    The Design Team

  • 10 Mar 2016 7:58 PM | Anonymous

    The Design/Build subteam is busily getting ready for the next competition! We decided that we would be building a shooting mechanism to hopefully use at our next competition. 

    The Design team spent 3 weeks prototyping and designing two separate shooters. It was a very hard decision to choose between the two of them and we were all very pleased when we found a way to combine them into one design. Tonight we will be assembling our newly designed shooter and getting ready to attach it to the robot.

     Next we will be testing it on the robot and hoping to practice using it enough to be ready for Ellensburg! Other members of the Design team have been working on very important documentation so that we have a strong record of everything that we have done and any problems that we have had. That documentation helps us to make a better design next season. We are also working on a turreted shooting design that the programmers will be able to work with and learn to program. That way next season or in any of the coming seasons, if the need for that type of shooter arises we will be ready. 

    Another project that the design team has taken on is an update to our outreach robots. Our mini-robots are a favorite at a lot of our events and we want to make them work better and have a new system for popping the opponents balloons. Lastly, members of the Design team are working to modify our cart for this years shorter designed robot. With the new modifications, transport of our 2016 robot to and from the pits will be noticeably smoother.

    Stay smelly!

    The Design team

  • 10 Mar 2016 7:14 PM | Anonymous
    As the build season has drawn to a close, the competition season has just begun. We, the electrical team, are still quite busy. Throughout build season the electrical tool shelf has become a place of havoc. We spent 2 meetings, amassing about 6 hours, just to organize the shelf. Before, it looked as if a small tornado tore through it. Now, the shelf looks as if it were organized by angels themselves. 

    Beside that, the electrical team has been busy with other work. Chiefly among these is working on the Operator's Interface, or OI for short. Before, the drivers were driving with very wobbly joysticks. So, the we very lovingly tore apart the OI to make some key modifications. As well as the OI, electrical has been working to fix Tote Bot. Unfortunately, Tote Bot was in an accident. This included it losing one of its wheels. We are currently in the process of fixing this tragedy that has occurred, but Tote Bot will let well soon. Besides our own work, Electrical has been helping our friends in marketing. We helped to assemble a button table, and the stands for their flags. Right now, the Electrical is incredibly happy with the new and improved (or just improved) shelf. We will continue to be working as new jobs arise. 

    And as always, 

    Stay Smelly,

    The Electrical Team

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